Table 2

Responses to the Multimorbidity Treatment Burden Questionnaire (main study baseline data, n=1546)

Please tell us how much difficulty you have with the following:NNot difficult
n (n/N %)
A little difficult
n (n/N %)
Quite difficult
n (n/N %)
Very difficult
n (n/N %)
Extremely difficult
n (n/N %)
Does not apply
n (n/N %)
1. Taking lots of medications15181083 (71)257 (17)104 (7)25 (2)20 (1)29 (2)
2. Remembering how and when to take medication15191123 (74)271 (18)60 (4)21 (1)23 (2)21 (1)
3. Paying for prescriptions, over the counter medication or equipment 1506312 (21)17 (1)18 (1)4 (<1)8 (1)1147 (76)
4. Collecting prescription medication1514951 (63)221 (15)63 (4)22 (1)28 (2)229 (15)
5. Monitoring your medical conditions (eg, checking your blood pressure or blood sugar, monitoring your symptoms, etc)1513748 (49)191 (13)111 (7)35 (2)37 (2)391 (26)
6. Arranging appointments with health professionals1507765 (51)321 (21)210 (14)81 (5)66 (4)64 (4)
7. Seeing lots of different health professionals1506642 (43)309 (21)192 (13)85 (6)68 (5)210 (14)
8. Attending appointments with health professionals (eg, getting time off work, arranging transport, etc)1512771 (51)187 (12)107 (7)51 (3)44 (3)352 (23)
9. Getting health care in the evenings and at weekends 1496311 (21)156 (10)184 (12)106 (7)121 (8)618 (41)
10. Getting help from community services (eg, physiotherapy, district nurses, etc) 1500393 (26)138 (9)111 (7)51 (3)54 (4)753 (50)
11. Obtaining clear and up-to-date information about your condition1499794 (53)263 (18)179 (12)62 (4)47 (3)154 (10)
12. Making recommended lifestyle changes (eg, diet and exercise)1505534 (35)327 (21)203 (13)112 (7)75 (5)254 (17)
13. Having to rely on help from family and friends1509675 (45)213 (14)140 (9)59 (4)70 (5)352 (23)
  • Notes: Questions 3, 9 and 10 were excluded from the main analysis due to a high proportion of ‘does not apply’ responses. They are shown in italics. As they may be relevant to other populations, they can be considered as optional.